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Brazil Plane Crash Kills at least 200, Probe Underway


Investigators in Brazil have begun to probe Tuesday's plane crash at a Sao Paulo airport in which at least 200 people were killed.

Brazilian rescue workers recovered at least 90 bodies from the crash site. They have also found the jetliner's so-called "black box" flight data recorder.

The TAM Airlines Airbus A320 jet, carrying 176 people, skidded off a rain-slicked runway after landing at the Congonhas airport. It then slid into a gas station owned by TAM and exploded. Many people on the ground were also killed.

There have been complaints about the airport's runway being too short for large planes to land in rainy weather.

The flight had arrived in Sao Paulo from Porto Alegre in southern Brazil.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the crash.

Pope Benedict has offered his condolences to the victims of the families.

This is Brazil's second major aviation disaster in less than a year. Last September, 154 people were killed when a Brazilian passenger plane collided with a small executive jet and crashed into the Amazon jungle. The executive jet landed safely.

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